JIMMY NELSON'S MIND BLOWING PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD'S TRIBES

Jimmy Nelson's mind blowing photography of the world's tribes
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JIMMY NELSON'S MIND BLOWING PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD'S TRIBES



Written by James Ratcliffe
12 Thursday 12th June 2014

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"In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world."

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Don't Panic's choice photographer: Jimmy Nelson

My dream had always been to preserve our world’s tribes through my photography. Not to stop change from happening – because I know I can’t – but to create a visual document that reminds us, and the generations after us, of the beauty of pure and honest living. And of all the important things it teaches us; ingredients we seem to have forgotten in our so-called civilized world.

The book that originated from this project is meant as a source of inspiration and it’s main objective is to keep tribal tradition alive fro us to learn from. I’m privileged to have been given the opportunity to fulfill this life-long passion, but it is not about me: it is a catalyst for something far bigger.  


Photo © Jimmy Nelson Pictures BV, www.beforethey.comwww.facebook.com/Jimmy.Nelson

The most important lesson I learned was that, in order to connect to any kind of people in any situation, you need to let go of all your arrogance. Showing them that we are - just like them - human and vulnerable, is a prerequisite for a project like this. As with all relationships in life, the key to profoundly connect with someone is trust. Only when one is stripped of wealth, class, colour and culture disparities, true humanistic communication can start flowing.

On a number of locations, when we first arrived somewhere, the people were reluctant to let us photograph them. What we did, was leave the camera behind for the first days, in order not to intimidate them. We would sleep in their accommodation because we did not want to give the impression to feel better than them.  


Photo © Jimmy Nelson Pictures BV, www.beforethey.comwww.facebook.com/Jimmy.Nelson

The tribes are all similar in how they live in balance with the environment. That is one of the most outstanding differences between them and the people in the more ‘developed’ world. They have achieved the perfect harmony with surrounding nature that we in the West can only dream of.

There is a pure beauty in their goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes.


Photo © Jimmy Nelson Pictures BV, www.beforethey.comwww.facebook.com/Jimmy.Nelson


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